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kenny bank interview
with Mike Miller Harmony Street
charlie dicomo interview
with Mike Miller Harmony Street
JAN "DEKE" DETANNA
Jan was born and raised in the Pittsburgh, PA area singing in rock & roll bands through high school and college. In addition to the THE DUKES, Jan sings lead for the Rock N Roll band The Rockits, and previously sang lead in the acapella doo-wop group Deke and The Blazers. He has performed at various concert halls throughout the U.S. and Jan has sung background harmonies with some of the legends of doo-wop in including Cleve Duncan of the The Penguins, David Somerville of The Diamonds and Joe Jones of The Pentagons.
Kenny formed the Dukes of DooWop when he met Jan thru The Doo Wop Music Hall of Fame. He is an original member of The Five Sharks from the Bronx, New York. The Five Sharks are considered THE pioneers of Doo Wop acapella in the 60's and 70's. They have sung on over two dozen 45rpm recordings and several compilation albums, and CD's. The main inspiration for the Five Sharks were the Chambers Brothers, The Earls, and The Temptations. They were written about in "The Age of Rock n Roll: Part 2" and "Street Corner Harmony". Kenny has participated in and contributed to the documentary "Street Corner Harmony" which was nominated for documentary of the year. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School
Charlie Di Como
Original member of The Encounters who formed in Brooklyn, mid 1963. Contracted with SWAN RECORDS and recorded an original, DON'T STOP, written by Joe Venneri (The Tokens) & Billy Carlucci (Billy & the Essentials). He has entertained at The Laurel's Country Club, The NY Hilton, the Friars Club as well as hundreds of corporate and private affairs. Charlie has appeared with and have opened shows for Earl Lewis & the Channels, Speedo & The Cadillacs, Arlene Smith & the Chantels, Lenny Coco & The Chimes, The Duprees, Randy & The Rainbows, The Emotions, The Devotions, The Dubs, Larry Chance & The Earls, Freddie Scott, Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge, Emil Stucchio & the Classics, The Jive Five, The Passions, The Fireflies, The Harptones, The Monotones, Vito Piccone & the Elegants, The Five Discs , the Quotations, Kenny Vance and the Planotones, The Legends of DooWop and The Temptations .....
Originally from New Jersey, Bill has been a West Coaster since 1986. An accountant living in the San Fernando Valley, he founded the Doo Wop group The Daddios of North Hollywood in 2002 consisting of four dads from his daughters' elementary school. They performed through 2009 with gigs that included the House of Blues and the Studio City Parade and 4th of July Celebrations.
I've been singing for longer than I can remember. Sadly, I can't remember what I had for breakfast but I've been singing longer than that. Choirs, Musical Theater, Barber Shop, DooWop, Rock Bands, and A Capella: I love it all but I have a pure fondness for DooWop. Scenes in Television Shows and Movies of 4 to 6 guys, huddled together and entertaining the neighborhood with just their harmonies, it just worked for me. I remember being fixated on the Sha Na Na show waiting for that Bass start to Goodnight Sweetheart. In Los Angeles, I have had the privilege and pleasure to sing with the Angel City Chorale (AngelCityChorale.org), Traffic Jam, and The Tuesdays (singtuesdays.com) and now The Dukes of DooWop. This boy from the suburbs of Philly misses cheesesteaks and TastyKakes but I found love for tamales, shave ice and the live music scene in L.A.
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